Did you ever dream about escaping to a destination where the time has stopped? If yes, then visit Monhegan Island on the Atlantic Ocean in Maine. You will feel like you step into the world of yesterday, with no cars, no streets, no shopping malls. You will be greeted by silence, interrupted only by birds singing and waves crushing against the rocky shore. There is plenty to do there, but taking in the scenery, the smells and sounds of the island maybe just what your doctor ordered.

Monhegan Island in Maine, welcomes you with a fjord-like scenery.

Monhegan Island in Maine welcomes you with a fjord-like scenery. Photo by Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

9 Things To Do in Monhegan Island, Maine

1. Watch the waves
2. Read
3. Paint
4. Take pictures
5. Talk to strangers
6. Eat lobster
7. Walk around the village
8. Hike along the cliffs
9. Stargazing

I love Maine, my favorite state in the East, for its outstanding scenery, crisp air, old world charm, and of course, the lobster! Surprisingly, I did not hear about Monhegan Island until I started to plan my trip #3 to the state. This time, I decided to skip major attractions and dig deeper into the soul of the area. After an extensive research, I discovered the island. Its rocky shore overlooking blue waters and dream-like charm caught my attention. I quickly put Monhegan Island into my itinerary. Read on for my list of 9 things to do in Monhegan Island, Maine, followed by important things to know about visiting this island.

Where time has stopped, Monhegan Island in Maine, delivers spectacular scenery and an old world charm.

Do not rush through your to-do list when visiting Monhegan Island. Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

What are things to do in Monhegan Island, Maine?

For more than 100 years, Monhegan has been a summer haven for artists and other visitors who appreciate its isolation, the beauty of its wilderness areas, its quiet relaxed atmosphere, and its unhurried pace. The island, which is about 1.7 miles long and 0.7 miles wide, offers an exceptionally beautiful environment, two-thirds of which is protected as a nature preserve by the Monhegan Associates.

1. Watch the waves

The Island Inn sits right on the shore and overlooks a beautiful little bay. From many areas, you can take in the views and sounds of the ocean. Just pick a chair and enjoy!

Take a front seat and watch the waves rolling in Monhegan Island, Maine.

Take a front seat and watch the waves rolling. Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

2. Read

When was the last time you had enough time to read without feeling rushed? Bring your own book to the island, or take one from the large selection available at the inn.

3. Paint

Who paints anymore, right? Turns out that many visitors to Monhegan Island do. The scenery and the old world charm are simply calling for it.

Monhegan Island in Maine lures artists to reflect its beautiful scenery.

Monhegan Island lures artists to reflect its beautiful scenery. Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

4. Take pictures

Every step you take on the island delivers a new photo opportunity: village scenes, flowers, sunset, little bays, high cliffs and vast vistas of The Atlantic Ocean. From a beautiful landscape to macro photography, it is all there waiting for you to capture the moment.

5. Talk to strangers

What makes The Island Inn special is its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Forget TVs and cellular phones, people are actually talking to each other. “Chat room” is located on the wooden front porch. I even got to speak Polish, my native language. It turned out that the hotel had a long history of collaboration with Polish students looking for seasonal jobs in the USA.

Even overcast looks charming in Monhegan Island, Maine.

Even overcast looks charming in Monhegan Island. Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

6. Eat lobster

What is one thing you have to do when visiting Maine? Eat lobster! At The Island Inn, you will find a fantastic menu for that. Try lobster scrambled eggs for breakfast.

7. Walk around the village

Monhegan could only be explored on foot via dirt roads. I admired small houses, most of them without electricity, framed by wooden fences and lots of flowers.

Take a walk around Monhegan Island in Maine to enjoy its charm.

Take a walk around Monhegan Island to enjoy its charm. Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

8. Hike along the cliffs

About 12 miles of trails, often steep and strenuous, lead through wooded areas and over rocky ledges up to the highest ocean cliffs on the Maine coastline. This is Maine at its best – rough and beautiful. No crowds, crisp air, and the ocean at your feet!

Explore beautiful hiking trails in Monhegan Island, Maine.

Explore beautiful hiking trails in Monhegan Island. Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

9. Stargazing

Close your day with looking at the Monhegan’s amazing sky. With so little light pollution, the island delivers a show to remember.

Get into your seat and enjoy an evening of stargazing at Monhegan Island, Maine.

Get into your seat and enjoy the night at Monhegan Island. Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

Important Things to Know About Visiting Monhegan Island, Maine

Getting to Monhegan Island, Maine

Monhegan Island, 12 miles off the Maine coast, can be reached from three ports: Port Clyde – boats operated by Monhegan Boat Line; New Harbor – Hardy Boat Cruises; and Boothbay Harbor – The Balmy Days II. Parking is available at each port. There are no car ferries to the island.

My Arrival at Monhegan Island

Most visitors would be greeted with great views of Monhegan, but not me! The Atlantic Ocean was rough that day. I survived the two-hour boat trip but not without sacrificing my breakfast, and probably a few meals I had the day before. I could not even keep my eyes open and therefore completely missed the first impression of the island.

Braving the waves of The Atlantic Ocean on the way to Monhegan Island in Maine.

Holding to my life on the way to Monhegan Island – Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

When off the boat, I hit the ground as soon as I saw a patch of grass and waited for my stomach to settle, but then… I got bitten by a red ant! The pain followed by chills temporarily distracted me from my nausea.  It took me a half an hour to be able to walk again.

I checked into The Island Inn and went to bed. Woke up two hours later, refreshed and ready to explore. I stepped outside and took my first real look at the hotel and its surroundings. I loved everything about it! 

Where to Stay in Monhegan Island, Maine?

Make your lodging arrangements way in advance, as your choice will be limited to a few inns and few houses for rent. I stayed at The Island Inn. I highly recommend it for its great location, beautiful scenery, and an old world charm. It is the only full-service hotel on Monhegan Island. Rooms are small, some with shared, some with private bathrooms. The dining room is large and overlooks the bay. Plan to spend around $200 per night.

Enjoy peace and beauty of Monhegan Island in Maine near The Island Inn.

Enjoy peace and beauty of Monhegan Island near The Island Inn. Photo: Yvonne Jasinski / Credit Card TravelingMom

When is the Best Season to Visit Monhegan Island?

Monhegan serves as a summer destination. It opens to visitors mid-May and practically shuts down after Columbus Day.

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